Head Cross Country & Distance Track Coach
B.A. Rowan University
Coach Mike McLean is beginning his first season coaching cross country and distance track at Rocky Mountain College. McLean has coached for over 30 years in the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana. For 24 years, he coached the Highlanders track and field program and also coached for four years as an assistant cross country coach at Columbia Falls High School. McLean helped restart the Flathead Valley Community College cross country team in 1996, and he has spent the past eight years coaching cross country and distance track at Glacier High School. In 2013 and 2014, the Glacier boys won the Mountain West XC Classic, the largest cross country race in Montana, which also includes teams from Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington. Three of McLean's student-athletes were named All-State in cross country in 2014, and in the past three years, two Glacier cross country athletes have qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships.
Coach McLean graduated from Ridgefield Park High School (NJ) and competed for Rowan University in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He competed in races from 800 meters to 10,000 meters, including the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Coach McLean has run in hundreds of road races, track meets, and cross country races, including 13 marathons across the United States and Canada. He has worked at Flathead Valley Community College for the past 20 years and stresses academic success, previously having a team named Academic All-American First Team with a 3.84 GPA. Coach McLean believes running should be fun, but he is fiercely competitive and sets no limits for the student-athletes he coaches. His hobbies include most outdoor activities, including running, camping, hiking, fishing, gold mining, and spending time in Montana, Arizona, and Hawaii.
McLean's family includes his daughter, Ann Marie, and her husband, Alex, and sons Mark and Matthew.